McConnell: Senate will work on coronavirus relief bill 'in the next month'

Rep. Lewis

Pelosi and House Democrats passed a massive $3 trillion bill on May 15, worth more than all previous relief packages combined.

"We may need, as I said, one more plug here at the federal level to help us get through this period, but it will be very carefully crafted".

"All the while, some Republican members knew that their own membership had been exposed to covid-19, and they chose to keep that information secret".

Even though the Pennsylvania House approved rules changes in March to allow almost all members to vote remotely, some lawmakers have returned to the Capitol in Harrisburg to conduct business. "My last day in the Capitol was Thursday, May 14", Lewis said.

The day showcased the new proxy system.

Though not the state most heavily hit in the country in terms of coronavirus, Pennsylvania has been dealing with a high number of cases and deaths as a result of the disease.

"Upon receiving that notice, I voluntarily cancelled every in-person meeting or other engagement I had on my schedule through today", Diamond wrote, noting that he did not know the identity of the person who tested positive. He said he never developed symptoms and did not get tested.

In an interview Wednesday, Diamond that he has been in self-quarantine since May 21, when House human resources officials informed him late in the afternoon that he had been in contact with a person who had tested positive for the virus.

"The failure of these Republican members and their leadership to follow basic safety protocols makes plain their disregard for those around them, but worse: it reveals a total abdication of their responsibility to act as leaders during this confusing time", Frankel said.

"I just spent the better part of the last 11 weeks sitting across a room from people who would eventually test positive and decided not to tell us", Rep. Brian K. Sims said in a video live-streamed on Facebook. Democrats tout their 1,800-page bill as an opening salvo in negotiations, but Senate Republicans are are wary of another round of negotiations where Democrats and the White House call the shots.

Kenyatta said he and his partner were both tested Wednesday after hearing the news.

House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said he and other House members were shocked to learn that Republican Rep. Andrew Lewis found out he tested positive for COVID-19 on May 20 and they only learned about it on Wednesday.

Straub did say the House floor is professionally cleaned and sanitized every night, and that Lewis' office has also been disinfected. More than 73,000 positive cases have been identified in the state, and almost 5,300 individuals have died from COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic in the state. "Anyone who met those guidelines was notified and quarantined". "We followed data and science, implementing the guidelines from the CDC and Pa. Department of Health, in line with exactly what Gov. Wolf requires from any business that wishes to operate".



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